A new approach to Work-Life-Integration

A new approach to Work-Life-Integration from Goldfish Consulting

By: Goldfish Consulting  12-06-2015
Keywords: New approach to work-life-integration, stress, burn-out

Personal, Interpersonal and Professional Leadership (PiPL) theory as developed by Prof. D Smith of the University of Johannesburg, provides a fresh approach with which to address the issue of work-life-integration. This model encourages the achievement of balance between the life dimensions in order to attain quality of life. Neglect of specific life dimensions gives rise to various symptoms such as disconnection, stress, disease, depression, substance abuse, burnout and a general sense of despair. By achieving life balance, employees may be empowered to take constructive decisions concerning work and personal life integration. Both the employee and the employer could benefit. As employees experience less stress at home and at work it should lead to greater motivation and job satisfaction. The organization can benefit from efficient work, resulting in higher productivity, less absenteeism and turnover of staff. Ultimately this impacts on the profitability of the organization and the sustainability of society. An English Usage Dictionary defines balance as “Steadiness. To keep in a state of equilibrium”. We propose a definition of balance as defined by Kevin Cashman: “type of centred fluidity that lets us go in any direction with ease and agility...managing the entire dynamic is the key, not manipulating the separate pieces…finding ways to connect with our centre so we can deal with all the dynamics outside”. Balance is therefore regarded as the easy flow from one life dimension to the other. No life dimension takes precedence over the others. The individual is able to experience growth and fulfilment in all dimensions People are multidimensional beings who are creative and imaginative with the ability to reflect on life and to know self. We have a need to learn and develop, can choose our response to the world and are personally responsible for the quality of our lives. People also have a need to work and leave a meaningful and value-adding legacy in life. These anthropological presuppositions must be respected and taken into account when the individual attempts to integrate work and personal life. Authors in the field of leadership, such as Stephen Covey, recognize the existence of life dimensions. The PiPL model of leadership identifies six life dimensions, namely: spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and work/financial. It is finding balance between these six life dimensions that is regarded as essential. By balancing the life dimensions, people will become more proficient in their ability to integrate their work and personal life. This balance is advantages to the individual and ultimately to the employer and society as a whole. Personal leadership precedes Interpersonal and Professional leadership. The implication of this concept is that each individual’s personal life balance has an important impact on their interaction with others in their personal lives, and their professional environments. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance for each and every employee to pursue personal balance. To read more, go to: http://www.goldfish-consulting.co.za/blog/new-approach-work-life-integration

Keywords: New approach to work-life-integration, stress, burn-out

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